IVF Shepherd baby number 2

As some of you know, or are aware, Rob and I (and Sailor) have been suffering for 4 years from secondary infertility. This has involved many ups and downs, including multiple positive pregnancy tests followed by multiple losses. The grief and heartache has been unbearable at times for me. 
Sailor asks me every day for a baby brother. Sometimes she talks to him out loud. Sometimes she asks me about him being in heaven. Other times, she tells me that he is in my belly (sadly, he isn’t.) She doesn’t know specifics about our losses, but has definitely sensed things. 
I have realized finally that this isn’t going to happen the way I thought and felt it was meant to, naturally. We are seeking medical help to complete our family. Trust me, I have tried everything I could to avoid IVF. I changed my lifestyle, changed my whole diet, started acupuncture, yoga, “fertility smoothies,” participated in numerous infertility challenges, tried different fertility products, tried Chinese herbs, and tried medicated cycles. 
This has been the loneliest and most painful 4 years of my life. I’m so emotional that we are beginning our IVF journey. I was lucky enough to change insurances, so that PART of it is covered. There are many expenses, sadly, that are not covered. Medications, for example. Embryo testing also isn’t covered. 
It is very difficult for us to put this out there and ask for help, however, there have been people who have reached out and asked how they can help. This would help relieve a lot of stress and financial burden for us. 
We hope that no one feels obligated, and hope that you all understand how grateful we are to have your positive vibes and prayers during this time. Thank you!!! Love, Gillian, Rob and Sailor 

If you you would like to follow our journey, I have recently started a blog:


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Gillian Nolan Shepherd 
Niantic, CT
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